International Theatre for Local People
Tangle is South West England’s African Caribbean Theatre Company. We celebrate the work of artists of African, Caribbean and more than 50 other heritages.

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Artistic Director – Anna Coombs

Anna has worked as a director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, The New Vic, Stoke on Trent, The Oxford Playhouse and The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury as well as across London’s West End.  She founded Tangle whilst based  at Hall for Cornwall, Truro where her directing credits included HIGHFLIERS by Henry Darke,  BLOOD by Victoria Field, RESPONSES (new plays) NEVER SAY RABBIT IN A BOAT by Nick Darke, the first revival of his inaugural play and a tribute to her long time  friend and collaborator. In 2008 she directed Christopher Marlowe’s THE JEW OF MALTA with an international cast, which, along with Tangle’s inaugural production EVERYMAN, won The 2010 TMA Eclipse Award. For Hall for Cornwall she also helped the theatre win the TMA Renee Stepham Award and the TMA Award for Achievement in Touring.

Recent directing credits include BACKSLIDER by Shiona Morton (The Ustinov, Bath), a collection of six new plays, A DROP TO DRINK , VANHU VESE (performed in English, Shona, siSwati and Kinyarwanda), and Esther O’Toole’s THE CROSSING  for Tangle.

In 2010 she was Director on Attachment at The National Theatre Studio and Resident Director at NITRO (Black Music Theatre), returning to The NT in 2011 to direct Koa Oduor Anthony’s play MAKMENDE VIES FOR PRESIDENT in English, Swahili and Sheng for The National Theatre African Playwriting Project. Anna is also a freelance creative consultant and race equality strategist. She is Research Associate (African Theatre) at SOAS, London University.

Communications Associate – Debo Adebayo

Debo joined Tangle in 2011 and is also digital and communications consultant to NITRO and The Red Room. He previously worked as music supervisor in I Stand CorrectedMuhammad Ali and Me and as  assistant composer in  Moj of the Antarctic at the Oval House and Lyric Theatre. When he’s not implementing theatre digital strategy, Debo works tirelessly in the music, media and arts industries as a music supervisor and creative  music synchronisation consultant as well as a record label manager, DJ, producer and promoter. Debo  has an MA in Music Business Management.

Trainee Creative Associate – Pascale Kasirabo

Pascale is currently studying for a combined degree in Theatre Arts at The University of Kent. He has worked with Tangle as Director’s Assistant on A Drop To Drink and The Crossing, and is part way through a three year placement developing the company’s artistic, administrative and online functions. He has performed in a number of productions at Kingston College and at Rich Mix in London and directed two short films. He recently directed Connor McPherson’s THE WEIR. He was born in Rwanda.

Graphic Design Associate - Ifti Rashid 

Biography to follow shortly.

Website images by David J Bevan (www.djbevanphotography.co.uk) and THE CROSSING images by Robert Darch (www.robertdarch.com)